The Department of Music has been part of Sundays River Primary School for many years. Early in 2012 this Department underwent a serious facelift when we appointed a new music teacher to take control of this Department. Within a week, this Department showed immense interest and strength amongst our learners when the learner total increased from approximately 10 learners to a glorifying 34 learners.
Although the Music Department of Sundays River Primary School has been privatized, it remains an integral part of the school. Learners receive tuition in piano, voice, recorder, flute and guitar – practical and theoretical. ALL Learners are taught on a one-on-one basis during normal school hours. Learners participate annually in external examinations (ABRSM – Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) written and practical. Learners are given the opportunity to participate at the annual Arts and Culture Festival and to show their talents at the annual Music Evening which is held in November and at various other opportunities.
In 2014 we had 36 music learners and in 2015 there are currently 45 music learners in the department. We are in a very fortunate position to have such a strong Music Department and it is very clear to us what the value of Music Education is in the overall development of learners. Many of our music learners are outstanding academic achievers, brilliant sportsmen and well-balanced individuals that exceed in all aspects of the school curriculum.
ABRSM: We are honoured to be associated with ABRSM whose mission we endorse very clearly: “to set standards in providing the highest quality music exams, services and resources, which engage and sustain ever more teachers and learners, enabling us to increase our support for music education.” We would like to thank ABRSM for the charity shipment received and will continue to endorse ABRSM, partake and promote ABRSM in their examinations, which provides a motivational and professional benchmark in music education. Some of our learners already enrolled in the ABRSM Theory Examinations earlier this year and passed with Merits and Distinctions. Thank you ABRSM for setting the standard! Simply click on the LOGO of ABRSM to visit their professional and easy to navigate website for detailed information.
ALFRED MUSIC PUBLISHING
Alfred is the world’s largest educational music publisher. Alfred Music produces educational, reference, pop, and performance materials for teachers, students, professionals and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument, style and difficulty level. Alfred Music’s home office is located in Los Angeles with various domestic offices in Miami and New York as well as offices around the world, including Australia, Germany, Singapore and the United Kingdom. A special word of thanks goes out to Alfred and the very well-known Dr Gene Aitken for providing us for the 2nd year now, with the latest of music publishing works and method books ranging from piano, flute, guitar, singing, recorder and choir works for our Music Department. Click on the logo underneath to visit the website of Alfred Music Publishing.
American Voices has been conducting cross-cultural engagement with audiences in over 110 nations worldwide since 1993. Founded with a focus on the recently independent nations of Central and Eastern Europe, American Voices has expanded its mission towards supporting youth in nations emerging from conflict or isolation. Serving as a cultural bridge, American Voices has introduced American music and culture the world over showcasing a wide variety of genres. We would like to thank American Voices Executive Director: John Ferguson for his determination, loyalty and positive enthusiasm in supporting Sundays River Primary School with the shipments from the US to the US Consulate in Cape Town for the 2nd year now. John you are truly inspirational. In October 2013, American Voices is also involved together with the U.S. State Department to bring to South Africa and a visit to Sundays River Primary School the: ANTHONY STANCO ENSEMBLE (LANSING/DETROIT, MI). They are a jazz quintet comprised of some of the most promising young talents in jazz today. All five members are graduates of the Jazz Studies program at Michigan State University. The ensemble is influenced by the history of jazz and draws from this to create their unique sound. Anthony Stanco Ensemble has performed at festivals, music clubs, and has conducted workshops and master classes.
A huge thank you also goes out to the U.S. Consulate in Cape Town to bring this ensemble to Sundays River Primary School in October. They will be in South Africa courtesy of the U.S. State Department-funded American Music Abroad program between September 29 – October 12, 2013.
Click on the logo underneath to visit the website of American Voices.